Pacific Voyages

Grades: 2-6
Tour length:
 1.5 hours
 900 S. Beretania Street
 Tuesday – Friday
 9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
 60 maximum

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


This tour will appeal to students who are studying or who are from the Pacific Rim cultures. By starting with the question "what is art" and "why is it made", they will gain an understanding of cultural commonalities and differences within the traditional art of the Pacific Rim. On the tour they will see art objects from the Philippines, Indonesian, Pacific Island and Art of Hawaii galleries.The tour will focus on functional arts such as textiles (kapa, ikat and batik), sculpture (ancestors and deities), and the cultural beliefs the objects tell us. As they follow the migration routes across the Pacific, students understand and see some similarities in function, materials, decorative patterns and customs. The students will handle objects, engage in storytelling and poetry writing to meet DOE benchmarks in Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Language Arts.

Pictured above: Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia. Ancestor Figure (tino aitu), 19th century (collected 1874). Carved wood. Exchange with Bishop Museum, 1943 (4752).


Add a film to your tour for FREE following the 9am tour Tuesday - Friday.

E Ho‘omau! Animated Shorts
See local filmmakers’ beautifully animated renditions of traditional Hawaiian stories from the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning animated short-film series E Ho‘omau!,

E Ho‘omau! (to persevere; to learn from the past and perpetuate the good) is a culturally rich curriculum development project funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education

Why Maui Snared The Sun
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 19 mins.
Long ago, Kalā (the sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of Māui, the demigod. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summons all his courage and travels to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronts the Mighty Kalā.

The Menehune and the Birds
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 23 mins.
Kēhau, a young Menehune boy, and his best friend, a little ‘elepaio bird, discover that a group of men has been killing the birds of the Kaua‘i rainforest in order to harvest their feathers faster. Kēhau and the ‘elepaio seek out the Menehune Chief and his warriors to help save their friends and find a way to change the habits of these men or risk losing the beautiful birds forever.

Pele Searches for a Home
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 25 mins.
Pele, the primal force of volcanic heat and lava, leaves her ancient home of Kahiki and searches out a new home for herself and her family. As she travels down the Hawaiian island chain, she is pursued by and battles her eldest sister Nāmaka, the goddess of water and the sea. After a climactic battle on the island of Maui, she finally finds refuge in Kīlauea on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Dawn Sueoka at

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words

Social Studies.Standard 2: Historical Understanding: Use the tools and methods of inquiry, perspective, and empathy to explain historical events with multiple interpretations and judge the past on its own terms

Social Studies.Standard 3: History: Understand important historical events from ancient times through the Renaissance.

Social Studies.Standard 6: Cultural Anthropology: Understand culture as a system of beliefs, knowledge, and practices shared by a group and understand how cultural systems change over time

Fine Arts. Standard 1: Visual Arts: Understand and apply art materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of art and understand how the visual arts communicate a variety of ideas, feelings, and experiences

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